With Thanksgiving under our belts (literally for me at the time of this writing), the Christmas season officially begins. Some folks look forward to it while others sort of brace themselves including one of my adult students who admitted last week, “I just wish we could skip this whole holiday thing.”I get what she means to a point. A lot has been written about the craziness of the Christmas Machine and I won’t expand on that discussion except to say that there are at least two things that I really like about “The Season.”
1. A lot of holiday songs are great jazz. Tunes like The Christmas Song (“chestnuts roasting), Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town among others were written when jazz WAS popular music. So I’m glad when the seasonal soundtrack reconnects us to one of our greatest American musical traditions.
2. The second is that, for me anyway, the seasonal strands – Santa Claus, Salvation Army ringers, the story of the Magi, tokens of appreciation, shopping, gift wrapping, donating to food pantries, and all the rest – are tied together by the act giving. It just feels good to make and give things to people we care about.
I know the trend these days is to give away loss leaders and free stuff to entice customers to buy more ya da, ya da, ya da. We all know the marketing ploys and it makes us suspicious of any show of generosity. And I can’t even deny that I would see it as a good thing if my offer led a few of you to dig a little deeper into my other titles. However, I still hope you’ll consider my free PDF download of this neat little, jazzy arrangement as it is intended – a gift to share with my colleagues.
Download God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Here’s hoping your season is a bright one,